I had a vehicular epiphany many years ago when I went to school to pick up my three kids and their musical instruments – including a 3/4-size cello – in a Toyota Prius. There was no way to deny the fact that we just didn’t have enough room for everyone and everything we wanted in the vehicle. In response, I upgraded to a much bigger vehicle, a Toyota Highlander. Sedans might be great for when your kids are little, but as your family grows it turns out that those big, roomy SUVs can be a huge boon. The Highlander gave me sufficient room for our next all kids + instruments adventure, but the new generation of big three-row SUVs offers even more interior space.
I had a week with the 2022 INFINITI QX80 “Sensory” 4WD and even when I had all my now-adult children pile into the vehicle, there was plenty of space for more adults. A cello would have been no problem. INFINITI has been a mainstay of the luxury import segment for many years, so it also didn’t surprise me that the interior of this vehicle was luxurious and quite comfortable, with plush seats, a big nav display, and a powerful drive. Let’s start with a photo of the Anthracite Gray exterior / Saddle Brown interior QX80:
As you can see, it’s a big vehicle. The curb weight on this is about 7,300 pounds and it boasts an 8,500-pound towing capacity. This 4WD model is powered by a 400hp 5.6-liter V8 engine. It definitely had plenty of power as needed, though I didn’t try towing a boat or trailer to see how it would handle with a few thousand pounds rolling along behind the vehicle.
You can get a sense of the interior…
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